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I'd like to quote parts of Lynne Truss' book to show off, but I'd end up quoting the whole book. I knew it was supposed to be good, but didn't realise I'd giggle my way through it -- yep, punctuation and pendanticness about punctuation can be really funny. I constantly found myself making my girlfriend pause Torchwood and listen to a dramatic reading of whatever had amused me at the time.

As far as I can tell, it's all pretty accurate when it comes to punctuation -- although there is always the rule that if you bitch about someone's spelling/grammar/punctuation, you will inevitably have made your own silly mistakes. It's the way the world functions.

I must confess, I learned something new from this, too. I always messed up my howevers and neverthelesses, I think. Especially in exams.

It's readable, seems accurate, and it's fun. I'm going to keep my copy around in the flat -- for reference in future, and possibly to make as many people read it as possible.

I'm especially pleased by the punctuation correction stickers kit that comes with it. Hee!

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Date: 2009-08-13 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samuraiter.livejournal.com
I mess up the subjunctive mood, but, these days, I do it on purpose.

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Date: 2009-08-13 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilderthan.livejournal.com
I probably mess plenty of things up without realising, but this book only made me notice one. Woo!

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Date: 2009-08-13 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candeefloss.livejournal.com
My friend has a parody of this book. I think it's called, 'Eats, Shits and Leaves'.

I laughed.

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Date: 2009-08-13 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilderthan.livejournal.com
That... totally ruins the pun that is the original title, so my brain rejects it. Heh.


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